noun An inquisitive, gossiping person
I’m not much of a gossip. Of course, you’d never know that from the way my characters spill their acquaintances’ secrets like a spring shower: freely and in great quantity.
A character is never safe from being overheard. A brief moment with a trusted relation, revealing their darkest fears and regrets, and surely within the day, a great fissure in what was once their normal life ruptures, forcing them to confront those demons (and give me some entertainment on the side).
However, I would say I’m quite inquisitive. Not in a direct way, but in the way of reading body language and tone. I get more from a person’s habitual motions in a conversation than what they’re actually saying usually, especially when I’ve just met them. I’ve been told I’m fairly good at reading people, and in turn, I’ve learned very precise ways to measure my own emotions, and understand what’s going on inside my head.
I grew up in a household with a very heavy leaning towards Freudian and Jungian psychology (for better or worse) and when I went to college, I also took several courses in clinical psychology. While I rarely use the older forms of psychology for evaluating myself, they are quite useful for dramatic fiction, and so I love getting bogged down in the trenches of my characters’ minds, wondering exactly why they act a certain way, or how they would believably react to any given scenario.
Probably, if I didn’t do this in fiction, I would be forced to inquire on every detail of my friends’ lives by my overly curious brain… and no one wants that! Personal boundaries. They’re there for a reason. So, it’s certainly for the best that I turn all of that energy into fiction writing!
What about you? Are you a quidnunc?